By TOM WOERNER
Of The Record Staff
Harnett County’s Governmental Complex came alive with the spirit of the season at an annual event Friday as dozens continued the process of filling their Christmas list.
Dozens of shoppers and more than 30 exhibitors gathered for the sixth annual Harnett County Family Caregiver Holiday Craft Fair. The Commons Area came alive with arts, crafts, sights and smells of the season as shoppers looked for the perfect gift and others browsed stations simply looking to build their Christmas spirit.
Among the items offered for sale included candles, cosmetics, fragrances, knitted items and homemade decorations. Other booths included vacuum cleaner sales, tea tasting stations, skin care products, hand-painted signs and an assortment of other offerings.
The day was culminated by a low-cost hot dog lunch for all those in attendance.
The event is sponsored each year by the Harnett County Family Caregivers Support Program. The event was free to the public, but funds from hot dog sales at Friday’s event will specifically be used to help fund the Harnett County Department of Social Services Christmas Cheer program for shut-in residents in the area.
Latorius Adams represents the Family Caregiver Support program and was pleased with how the event went.
“I think it is a good crowd and we had more vendors than we have had in the past,” Ms. Adams said.
Dana Horner was one of the artisans at the event, selling a variety of handmade jewelry and other merchandise. She had one of the most popular booths at the event.
“I made every piece here by hand,” she said. “It is a labor of love for me.”
Rose Lee was looking at handmade wreaths that were on sale at one of the booths.
“I love this event,” she said. “I can get some shopping done and I can get some ideas on things I want to do.”
Braxton Wheaton was selling handmade walking sticks. He has turned a hobby into something else.
“This is my first festival and I hope I can make a little money,” he said. “Up until now it has just been something I have done for fun.”